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Will Lumps Go Away After Facelift and Necklift Surgery?

i am now 5 weeks after my operation and have had a 2nd opinion from my doctor regarding lump on side of neck ,, he says its a hematoma, and will go away by itself. the first doctor i seen says it was (just the healing process) but will gradually go away by itself .. is this possible ?? the lump is not hot now but a little uncomfortable ,,, my jawline has really improved with the lift . i had operation done in prague so cant go and see my surgeon although have emailed and they say i look fine xx

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Lumps 5 Weeks After Facelift Should Resolve With Massage

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Thank you for your question.

It is not uncommon to have lumps under the skin following facelift surgery. Usually these lumps are collections of blood under the skin.

If they occur in the first few days, are expanding or painful, they should be removed or drained.

However, lumps that appear weeks after surgery are usually clotted blood which is not easy to remove. Typically massage and time (as much as 6 months) will help them resolve.

Lumps and Bumps after Facelift

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You have seen your physician who feels that your problem is small post-operative hematomas. These will resolve; sometimes it is helpful to have massage or ultrsound to these spots. At this time, all you can get other opinions or return to your surgeon in prague.  Without a physical examination, none of the physicians on Real Self canconfidently reassure you.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Lumps & Bumps May Take Up to 3 Mnths to Resolve; See a Plastic Surgeon if it Persists

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Lumps and bumps following facelift surgery are not uncommon. These usually result from areas of tissue indurations, small blood clots and scar tissue. They typically respond to massage and show significant improvement in the first six weeks following surgery. The vast majority have resolved in three months. If this represents an area of concern, make sure you discuss the issue with your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon will be able to help you manage this problem. Be patient, you may ultimately have an excellent result.

Face lift questions

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Thank you for your question about your healing after a face lift abroad.

  • The photo suggests scar formation on the side of the neck,
  • An exam is needed to determine the best treatment, 
  • If it is from a hematoma (blood collection,) it will probably need injections to soften. These do not always go away on their own.
  • If your information comes from a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon or Facial Plastic surgeon, follow his/her advice.
  • If not, I suggest consulting one. Hope this helps. Best wishes.

Postoperative lumps

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While lumpiness is 3 weeks after your face lift is not routine, if is not necessarily abnormal.  Localized regions of swelling or edema may persist for several weeks, though lumpiness could also represent collections of blood or fluid.  The best thing to do is to ask your plastic surgeon about what her or his thoughts are regarding your appearance- only by direct examination can you get an accurate assessment.

Face Lift, Mini Face Lift, The Palmer Celebrity Face Lift, Beverly Hills Face Lift

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If you have seen an experienced Face Lift surgeon regarding this matter and he said it was a hematoma that would eventually appears you have an explanation from a surgeon who has examined you.  This should be held in higher regard than anyone here who has not.

I will tell you that lumps and bumps that occur secondary to the tissue trauma that's part of a Face Lift... typically resolve eventually but these can last for up to 1 year.  If a hematoma occurs, the blood causes increased irritation within the tissues and lumps hat can last even longer.

You may want to follow up with the surgeon who has examined you.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Lumps after facelift and necklift

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Small lumps are not uncommon in the first few weeks after facelift and necklift surgery, and usually do resolve on their own. They may be due to localized blood or clot collections (hematomas), or perhaps to sutures used on the deeper tissues in the face. Physical examination by and discussion with your surgeon are the best way to alleviate your concerns.

Olivia Hutchinson, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Lumps and bumps after facelift

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be reassured that things will be fine. At 5 weeks, a hematoma should be soft and most often be able to be aspirated. What can you do? Gentle massage and even lymphatic massages done professionally will help allow you to recover faster

Jeffrey Kenkel, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Hematoms Lumps after a Facelift

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The lumps will indeed go away by themselves.  It sounds like you are experiencing  the normal stages of healing.  If you would like to speed the process along, we often recommend using warm, moist compresses and light massage to break up and eliminate the remnants of hematomas.  Don't be too aggressive, as you will create more swelling.  Just very gentle massage.  You will look great in no time. 

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Will Lumps Go Away After Facelift and Necklift Surgery?

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Thanks for your Question and photo. It is not uncommon to see lumps and isolated swelling following facial rejuvenation surgery. Early on these can be small collections of clotted blood that present as firm masses under the skin and are sometimes associated with bruising. These lumps will soften and liquify over time and will absorb or can be aspirated with a small needle. There can be swelling in the neck that can last for many weeks to several months. You can plan on 3 - 4 months before you are starting to feel almost normal. I'm glad you already see the results in your neckline. Be patient and best wishes.

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